…And Life Now

8 Jan

Remember that post I wrote not too long ago? The one that made it seem like we hated our lives and that we weren’t able to handle everything we were dealing with? Totally NOT my intention to make it seem like that. We do not/did not ever hate our lives. Oops!

 Yes, this post is the one I’m talking about.

Well now I’m here to write about how wonderful our life is! We’re still dealing with sleep issues, although they are getting much better, and currently we’re battling a round of head colds. Babies with colds are the saddest thing! We’re still waiting/wishing/hoping for Rilyn to take a bottle, and we’re also still waiting for life to slow down a bit. Will it ever? Really though, for the first time in a long time, I feel like I can exhale.

And inhale.

And exhale again.

Lately, I’ve been trying to open my eyes and take in what a blessed life Brandon and I have.

We’ve got two beautiful girls!

And I’m going to stop there because I’ll get all emotional talking about how wonderful they are; how much of a gift they are.

Now that we’re getting more sleep and dealing with a much more content Rilyn, its easier for us to take a step back and watch her grow. Watch her sweet, curious personality grow. And take in the awesomeness of the developing sister relationship forming in front of us. It’s a beautiful sight.

So beautiful it made the mister cry! Brandon, please don’t be mad that I shared this with everyone! And okay, I cried, too. And I may tear up watching them during the day when no one else is around to make fun of me for being the blubbering mom. But hey, if the shoe fits…

I’ll never take for granted how lucky I am that I’m able to stay home with them. Yes, there are times when I want to pull my hair out. There are times when I feel like I just need a break, but that’s any mom, working or not. Being home with them is exactly where I want to be. Good days and bad.

I love days like today, though, when everything seems right. There’s a napping baby, and a toddler putting together puzzles in the middle of the family room, although she should be eating her lunch (one full of veggies and fruits, might I add)! There’s a load in the dishwasher AND in the washer, and there’s sunlight pouring in through the windows. Our laundry may still be on the couch, begging to be folded. There may be Connect 4 and Candy Land pieces strewn about the house, paint all over the kitchen table from an abandoned art project, a forgotten sippy cup under the couch, a tower of storybooks in the middle of the floor, and so many shoes everywhere I’m sure there must be at least 9 people living in this house.

I may still be in my sweats, no make up, hair pulled back, and teeth still waiting to be brushed (gross!), but it’s days like today that I feel like we may finally be used to life as a family of 4. We’re starting to relax and enjoy the day, AND we’re even thinking about venturing out to eat dinner. In a restaurant. Altogether. Table for 4.

The 4-pack!

The Rat-pack! <— Haha! I crack myself up!

It’s also days like today where I realize just how much sleep can make a difference! Oh, beautiful sleep!

Of course, days like today don’t happen every day. We still have those days, but at least those days are dwindling and we know that days like today are possible! That thought helps to get me through.

And wine.

And a self-imposed 9:30 bedtime.

Yeah, our life is pretty stinkin’ great! Even when we’re up to our knees in snotty kleenex!

2 Responses to “…And Life Now”

  1. Tylie January 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    The rat pack…I LOVE it! Hahah! And your last post totally did not make it seem like you hated your life. Admiting that parenting is hard does not equal hating life! It IS hard! But oh these days where things just click are so wonderful (oh and needed). And take heart my house looks like that all. The. Time. Seriously. Love you friend. You are a wonderful mother!

    • Afton January 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks Tylie! I’ve got great friends to follow examples of!

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